Shaun Stocker stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device and his life changed forever. He became a double amputee blind veteran.
At the age of 19 and only 6 days before the end of his tour of Afghanistan, Shaun Stocker stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device and his life changed forever. He became a double amputee blind veteran.
After 8 weeks in an induced coma and approximately 40 operations over a short 3 month period, Shaun was transferred to Headley Court (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre), where he learned just how problematic his rehabilitation was going to be.
For the first time the stark reality hit - due to the combination of his injuries he was told he may never be able to walk again.
"As well as losing both legs above the knee I lost my left eye and the vision in my right eye. I badly damaged my left and I lost my little finger. I dislocated and fractured my left shoulder and was sprayed with shrapnel all over my body."
However, his determination never failed, he said "Despite this news I was determined to regain my independence and began taking my first steps using prosthetics."
Shaun also underwent a series of operations on his right eye and after three years surgery has been able to regain 30% of his vision back in that eye. This was a great motivation for Shaun and has helped him to improve his walking.
He thanked the charity for the support he'd received; "I've become quite good on my new limbs, despite my sight-loss, particularly after receiving mobility training with Blind Veterans UK."
Stocker Strides Challenge
In spring of 2016 when Shaun's injuries have healed he is setting himself the massive target of walking 2 metres for every £1 raised, with an overall target of 100km.